Sound the alarm. We knew Jamie Kah was the real deal when she moved to Victoria but the South Australian gun has gone some way towards shooting the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership to pieces.
Kah, 24, capped a sparkling carnival with a treble at Sandown on Saturday, guiding Mike Moroney-trained former international Sound to victory in the Group 2 Zipping Classic.
The well-earned victory — both for horse and rider — took Kah to 28 wins and extended her lead over Ben Melham (19), Damien Oliver (19), Craig Williams (17) and Mark Zahra (15).
Williams claimed a ninth premiership last season with 70 city wins.
The copybook steer on Sound completed a race-to-race double after Kah nursed Carif to victory in the Listed Sandown Cup.
Earlier on the card the white-hot jockey claimed the Listed Doveton Stakes with Shamino and placed on La Mexicana (Twilight Glow) and Buffalo River (Sandown Stakes).
No woman has ever won the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership.
Retired Group 1 jockey and Herald Sun columnist Katelyn Mallyon was equal fifth in the 2013-14 season.
Oliver (10) and Williams (nine) have held a mortgage on the premiership the past two decades. But Kah’s horsemanship and relationships with leading stables, including Mathew Ellerton-Simon Zahra, Danny O’Brien, Mick Price, Anthony and Sam Freedman and Phillip Stokes has her primed to strike.
Sound went into the Zipping Classic riding a 909-day drought but never looked like losing when Kah took the initiative at the 1400m to inject some much-needed speed into the dawdling-run race.
“I really wanted to ride him quiet today,” Kah said. “I thought he really needs to chase something down. He’s been hovering in front but obviously they went too slow down the back straight. I had Ollie yelling at me to get going so I thought I should listen to him. I have to credit him.”
The eight-year-old stayer, who boasted a Group 2 win in Germany and multiple black-type placings prior to Saturday, kicked strongly in the straight to claim the top prize.
“He just deserved this, this horse. He’s been running some super races,” Kah said. “I really wanted to get him into the (Melbourne) Cup for his connections last start but he just missed so he deserved this today.”
Kah’s treble followed a frustrating Flemington carnival where she had no luck in several races, including the Melbourne Cup when third on Prince Of Arran.
She rode four winners last month on Cox Plate Day.
Moroney paid tribute to Kah’s performance with Sound.
“Great ride. It really was,” Moroney said. “Levendi took her (Kah) into the race which was lovely because I think the other day … she got left alone in front for too long but he carted us for long enough to give our horse a chance today.”
Brimham Rocks and Future Score rounded out the top three in the Zipping Classic.
Well-backed favourite Avilius, who was not suited at all by the slow tempo, finished fifth.
Earlier, Kah produced a “10 out of 10” ride on the Team Snowden-trained Carif to win the Sandown Cup.
However Kah had to fight to keep the win in the stewards’ room as Carif rolled out late and runner-up Realm Of Flowers (Mark Zahra) was forced back to the inside and just missed by a short neck. Stewards threw out the protest in quick time.
“She rode him an absolute treat. Ten out of ten ride,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said. “Carif even wanted to duck out and shake my hand towards the line but I said ‘I’ll see you later’.
2020-21 VIC METRO JOCKEY STANDINGS
JAMIE KAH 28
Ben Melham 19
Damien Oliver 19
Craig Williams 17
Mark Zahra 15
ON THE PUNT — SANDOWN
Exciting filly HINDAAM, whose dam is a full sister to dual Group 1 winner Merchant Navy, added valuable black type to her pedigree with an impressive victory in the Listed Twilight Glow Stakes. The $825,000 yearling purchase — a daughter of Savabeel — came from a long way back to beat LA MEXICANA and STAR OF UMA. “She looked the winner from a long way from home,” Ben Hayes said. “She‘s well-related to Merchant Navy and it’s a very big result. Shadwell (owners) will be pleased.” Hindaam will be spelled now and return in the autumn.
AYSAR’S withdrawal sucked the life out of the Sandown Guineas after the raging favourite needed to be taken out on vets’ advice. The prized Deep Field colt became fractious in his float upon arrival at the track and flipped over, resulting in abrasions on the hind leg. Aysar was trotted up before the vet and duly withdrawn despite Lindsay Park assurances the colt would be OK.
Flying machine SHAMINO made it nine wins from 24 starts, bursting through to win the Listed Doveton Stakes. After missing out in the opener, following the scratching of BRAZEN BOY, Jamie Kah and Philip Stokes combined to win the 1000m feature, holding out a wall of horses headed by CORUSCATE and TAVISAN.
SO SAY ALL OF US
With all due respect, what a red-letter day for the horses we affectionately term as ‘money munchers’! After SOUND‘S breakthrough win in the Zipping Classic it was SO SI BON’S turn to duly deliver at Sandown. It was not without a few heart palpitations for connections with SO SI BON, POWER SCHEME and HOMESMAN all finishing within a short half-head.
ONE HILL OF A CALLER
Well played, Matt Hill. A brilliant carnival and oh so accurate in the close finishes. Zipping Classic Day delivered its share of grandstand endings and Hill nailed each one with aplomb, including the wins of SO SI BON and MISSILE MANTRA in the last. The driving wins of ANAMOE (R1) and ALLIBOR (R6) earlier on the card were called brilliantly also.
Race 7 gave stewards a bit to think about with victorious CARIF (bled one nostril) one of three incidents. Jockey Fred Kersley was grilled over tactics on SAN HUBERTO, after improving three wide from 1000m, while Ben Allen copped a $500 whip breach for striking MONMOUTH nine times prior to the last 100m. LORD BELVEDERE lost both front plates during Race 8, while TONY NICCONI pulled up lame and had a throat abnormality after Race 4.
TAN CHECK gave them a galloping lesson in the Dunkeld Cup on Saturday as Hamilton trainer James Bull upstaged the bigger stables to win the time-honoured country feature.
Tan Check scorched along out in front and never looked as the remaining runners in the small field of six fought out the minor prize. NORDIC SYMPHONY came from last to finish second for Symon Wilde, while Archie Alexander-trained OTI runner Southern Rock, hung on for third. The day belonged to Tan Check, who gave Bull his seventh win as a trainer and third with the former Ciaron Maher-trained gelding.
The indomitable Jamie Richards and Opie Bosson combined to win their 21st Group 1 on Saturday, taking out the New Zealand 1000 Guineas with KAHMA LASS at Riccarton.
Richard Jolly on KEMALPASA: “It’s actually hard to work him with another horse because he wants to do too much. If you try and sit him behind he wants to get in front of it and if he’s in front of it, nothing else can go with him because he’s too good for them. He’s just a lovely competitive racehorse.”
TAB BETTING REVIEW
The big guns fought out the Thoroughbred Club Merson Cooper Stakes (1000 metres). Anamoe ($4.80-$5-$3.90) flew home late to knock off the very popular Forbes ($2.50-$2.80-$2.25) late with the pair responsible for over half the money on the race. There were some big deductions late though as Brazen Boy, the initial favourite on Wednesday, was a late scratching. Of the others, The Art Of Flying ($8.50-$7-$5) had plenty of admirers and was one of few firmers in the event outside the big two.
BETS: Anamoe $2,000 e/w @ $5.50/$1.70, $1,500 @ $5
There was strong money all week to suggest Hindaam would be very hard to beat in the Joy Holt Twilight Glow Stakes (1400 metres). Going around as a $5 chance, the daughter of Savabeel was the second best tried runner in the race behind La Mexicana ($2.90) although the latter was twice as popular in terms of the overall hold. Highly Discreet ($6) and Star Of Uma ($5.50) had plenty of admirers too and were best tried of the others.
BETS: Hindaam $1,000 @ $5.50, $2,000 @ $5, $1,250 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5 MULTIPLE TIMES
Kemalpasa defied the drift to lead throughout in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300 metres). The Richard & Chantelle Jolly-trained runner opened the day at $2.50 but by the time the race rolled around, $3.80 was on the table. Craig Williams rated the Magnus gelding to perfection to out in front with the pair racing clear to easily hold Order Of Command ($6) and Neighbourhood ($16). Blazejowski ($4.60-$3.90-$4) had plenty of admirers and was the most popular runner in terms of money held with Kemalpasa second in that regard.
BETS: Kemalpasa $2,500 @ $3.20, Blazejowski $2,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, Streets Of Avalon $1,000 e/w @ $8/$3.50, $1,000 @ $7.50, Wild Vixen $1,000 @ $4.80
In one of the most open betting affairs of the day, Shamino proved too good for his backers in the Clanbrooke Doveton Stakes (1000 metres). Shamino ($5.50-$6.50-$6) was the third most popular runner in terms of money held, with only Humma Humma ($5) and Tavisan ($6.50) holding more. Coruscate ($9.50-$6.50-$8) was a notable mover throughout the afternoon and had plenty of attention from TAB customers
BETS: Shamino $1,000 @ $6.50, Prophet’s Thumb $1,000 @ $7.50, Tavisan $1,500 e/w @ $7/$2.40, Humma Humma $2,500 @ $5, $1,790 @ $5, Express Pass $2,000 @ $6
The late market push for Junipal was spot on in the Zircodata Sandown Stakes (1500 metres). Opening the day at $4, the price was still available for most of the day before he went $3.90-$3.50 in the final stages of betting. The son of Reset was easily the most popular runner but it was a tremendous betting affair – every single runner bar the $81 shot (Haripour) was holding decent money. Buffalo River drifted from $3.10 out to $4, losing favouritism to Junipal, after the strong support came for the latter.
BETS: Junipal $1,500 @ $, $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 @ $3.50, $1,500 @ $3.50
Allibor made the most of the favourite Aysar being scratched in the Sandown Guineas (1600 metres). Opening at $11 earlier in the week, $4 was being offered when the odds-on fav was taken out of the event. Allibor bottomed out at $3.90 before starting a $4.40 chance. The Symon Wilde-trained galloper was the second most popular runner in terms of money held but the big dollars were riding on Sweet Reply ($2.60), which held twice as much as the winner.
Horrifying ($4.40) was easily the best tried of the others.
BETS: Allibor $1,500 @ $4.40, Sweet Reply $1,000 2 $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, Captain Canuck $1,500 @ $10, $1,000 @ $10
Carif got to as much as $5.50 to take out the Sandown Cup (3200 metres) and attracted decent money throughout the afternoon. Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, Carif opened the day at $4.20 but kept creeping out in the market as the stronger support came for Miami Bound ($4.40-$5) and Sin To Win ($4.20), which between the pair of them, held nearly half the investment on the race. Realm Of Flowers ($19-$14) nearly pulled off a nice move at odds having attracted a few big bets late.
BETS: Carif $1,000 @ $5.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $5 MULTIPLE TIMES, Miami Bound $3,000 @ $4.60, Etah James $2,000 @ $7, Realm Of Flowers $5,000 @ $14, $1,000 e/w @ $14/$3.70, Naval Warfare $1,400 @ $10, Sin To Win $3,500 @ $4
Avilius was very costly in the Quayclean Zipping Classic (2400 metres). One of the best backed runners all day, Avilius was responsible for 47 per cent of the total investment on the race and was 2.5 times as popular as anything else. The second best supported runner was Sound ($4-$5) which carried plenty of each way support while Brimham Rocks ($7-$7.50-$6.50) firmed up late and ran another honest race for his backers. Avilius was backed from $3.70 into $3 and was a dominant favourite.
BETS: Sound $1,500 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5, $3,500 @ $4.60, Avilius $3,000 @ $3.10, $4,490 @ $3, $3,800 @ $3, $3,000 @ $3, $2,000 @ $3, $1,500 @ $3
West Wind was sensationally tried throughout the afternoon for the running of the Nick Johnstone Real Estate Eclipse Stakes (1800 metres). Opening the day at $6.50, continual support since 9am and especially late on saw it crunched into $3.90 favourite. So Si Bon ($9-$12-$10) is always popular with TAB customers and today was no different, with the Hayes & Dabernig runner attracted some decent each way support. Homesman ($3.90-$7) had started the day favourite but blew out, nearly doubling its price, thanks to the backing for West Wind and a few others. Power Scheme ($7.50-$14), like fellow placegetter Homesman, was a drifter throughout the day but nearly defied that betting pattern. West Wind was responsible for over 33 per cent of the total investment.
BETS: West Wind $3,000 @ $4.40 TWICE, $2,500 @ $4.40, $3,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES, $5,000 @ $3.90
This was the day for Missile Mantra – and TAB customers were all over the mare for the running of the Rod ‘Rocket’ Smith Summoned Stakes (1500 metres). Hovering around the $4 mark for most of the day, Missile Mantra jumped a very popular $3.80 favourite and held the most money in the race. The Team Snowden runner attracted decent money throughout the day. My Pendant ($8.50-$4.80-$5) was the big firmer in the race and was the third most popular runner in the event, while the runner-up Tricky Gal ($5) had plenty of admirers and held the most money outside the winner. The trifecta runners accounted for 60 per cent of the total investment.
BETS: Missile Mantra $4,800 @ $3.80, $2,200 @ $3.40, Akari $2,000 e/w @ $13/$3.70, Tricky Gal $2,000 @ $5, $1,500 @ $5, $1,300 @ $5, Fascino $4,000 x $1,500 e/w @ $18/$4.40, My Pendant $2,600 @ $5, $2,000 @ $5